Quick and Easy Fried Rice

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So, one of my goals to eat healthier and get back into a more consistent/routine practice had to do with cooking.  Now, more than ever I have a great opportunity to utilize a working kitchen, using a lot more of the ingredients I love.  As well, I am trying to use methods to create the cost-effective and health conscious meals for myself and others.  If you struggle with feeding yourself and others with limited time and budget this post is for you.  Even if you don’t, this is a great easy break for you experienced-love-to-cook chefs ;)

I wanted to make enough food in one day to last almost three.  From one meal of rice and beans, I used the left over rice to make an easy and quick fried rice recipe.

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What makes this recipe cost-effective are the use of frozen vegetables and cabinet spices.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I slip on keeping up with planned meals and end up having VERY old wilted vegetables.  Also, it’s a great way to get a variety without buying a crazy amount.  Cabinet spices definitely helped when you forget the fresh basics, such as garlic and ginger, but still makes for a great taste.

I saved time having the rice cooked.  After that, you just cook the egg!

Disclaimer:  I don’t tend to measure ingredients when cooking.  I use the old taste and tell method of measurement, so most of these are estimations.  Feel free to change to your liking!

IMG_1776Quick and Easy Fried Rice

  • Half pot of already cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 2 packages frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola or sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice or rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat up your rice and defrost the vegetables in 2 different pots.  As they heat up you can create your sauce.  I used canola oil, kimchi juice from the jar, tamari, and spices.  Set aside.

Combine the vegetable and rice once warm.  Scramble the two eggs and add to the pot.  Mix together and then combine with sauce.  Add the scallions in, plus more for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste!

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I served mine with a little hot sauce and a dijon Mahi Mahi.  I only defrost the fish and then smothered it with dijon mustard and leftover sauce!  Right into the oven it went!

I hope you enjoy!

 

February Intentions

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My dears,

It’s one month in, into the New Year.  How’d it go for you? How are you feeling?  Nothing is getting me more excited than this month of February.  My January, I must admit, did not go exactly as planned, but I must say there was a lot of realizations, acceptance, patience, and prep.  Preparations to new beginnings.

Emotions and adjustments were big as well.  For one, it’s cold.  I told myself I would not complain about it, because in the end I did make the conscious decision to leave behind my palm trees and humidity.  I do become a little uneasy when 50 degrees is considered warm, as I am wrapped up in layers home.  Even in familiar surroundings and situations, I’ve been trying to balance work, family and friends, planning, and me-time.  Those were a few things I never had to worry about as much in the past year, so one month was perfect to take it all in.

Regardless, trying to enjoy my time in general is taking priority.  If you can not do it all, take advantage of what you can.  Starting small is where I’m at.  Day trips!  New places to eat!  Taking advantage of snow days in to reorganize, get cozy, and get a little more acquainted with yourself.  Anyone already planning their vacations?  I love hearing people setting dates!  It’s the commitment to enjoy a little something more.

The best part?  Working is becoming more and more something I enjoy.  Everything from my full-time job to making my start at a new part-time.  You guys!  This blog!  I’ve been enjoying it all, the commitments, improvements, and dedication.

If you can say it was about the same for yourself, do not be surprised.  We have a New Moon coming up, and it is the start of the Lunar New Year!  So all those plans of January?  Maybe new opportunities, starts of new promotions, are going hopefully take off this month.  Make sure to make room for them.  Clear/clean it up.  Let go of those things, people, and emotions that did not work you.  Take pride in your living situation and make it beautiful.  Think of this as a start to Spring cleaning, inside and out.

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Keep on with the intentions, adventures, and revolutions, it’s only the beginning!

 

yesenia

 

P.S.  I know this post is lacking on the pic department, I feel as if I’m missing something.  What do you think?  I’m still having web issues, so hopefully by next post I have it fixed up.  Just another intention ;)

Conscious Beauty: Makeup Edition

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So, here is my next guilty pleasure.  Face painting I would like to call it.  Seriously though, it’s creation!

As a lover of all things holistic and natural, some may ask, “Why the makeup?”.  To be honest, it’s what makes me feel beautiful.  Sometimes, it’s fun.  Other times, it’s a confidence booster.  So, why not?  I’m a firm believer of doing what makes you feel nothing but amazing.  Whether it’s the food you eat or the clothes you wear, it’s nothing more than self expression.

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Although, here is my little quirk: give me all the natural cremes, the cruelty-free lipsticks, and vegan products.  Without becoming too crazy and obsessed, these are some of the things I look for.  And to remind you: I try.  Some products I just plain love.

With my foundations, blushes and primers, I do strive for the all-natural; sometimes even organic.  Keep in mind, it takes money.  I choose my battles.  For myself, if I am going to put a product directly onto my often sensitive/dry skin, I would like for it to be made with mostly natural, plant-derived ingredients.  For the most direct face makeup, I go with tarte cosmetics; known to be made without parabens and sulfates, these products are also cruelty-free and vegan!  They last all day, are easily applied and my skin never feels dried out, clogged, or irritated after use…I seriously can’t ask for more!

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Summer Look: Base – tarte BB creme in medium tan

Now for the play…  DRAMATIC eyes and lips! I used to be a die hard Sephora fan for Urban Decay’s lipsticks, as well as Kat Von D’s amazing products.  To be honest, I remain loyal. Their products are fun, cruelty-free, and even have some vegan options!  They also have very strong pigment, as in a little goes a long way.  Pricey, but the color and products lasts a whole day to a whole season or two.

Conscious.  Amazing.  Love.  (Empty pockets…?)

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Left: Tartiest clay liner / Upper right: Kat Von D lipstick – Chula / Bottom right: NYX Wicked – Risque

To avoid breaking the bank at times, I discovered NYX cosmetics.  PETA-approved.. that’s all I needed for play.  It’s cost-conscious and with crazy, funky colors that are long-lasting and easy to apply.  I noticed there lips are light with light application.  With just a few more swipes the color becomes rich and bright.  Lipsticks, which is something I noticed I always get asked about, and eyeliner work amazing, but I must admit, the eyeshadow… let’s just say I need more practice.

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NYX soft matte – Copenhagen / Urban Decay – Jilted / Kat Von D – Echo

So here is some of my tried and true..mostly my favorites.  Any day at work or night out, a little blush/contour, and a bright lipstick is always my go-to.  Once in awhile, I experiment with a little smoky, dramatic eyeliner.  Why not..  Just a little play can make some of us women feel a little more…BADASS.  And that goes with the natural look as well.  There’s nothing I love more than days off and a clean face…less of a nightly routine to follow at the end of the day ;)

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So have fun!  Feel amazing!

I have another post coming up.  For those who love to experiment with a natural, DIY kind of beauty or just want to try something new, another Conscious Beauty post will come soon enough!  So, let me know your guilty pleasures.  Whether makeup, burgers, or TV show!  What do you enjoy?  Maybe it’s a little different from your everyday brand?!  That’s something we will also be talking about! :D

Till next time my dears!

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Winter: Base – tarte foundation in medium neutral/ Lips – NXY soft matte Copenhagen

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My “Nothing is Forever” Relocation

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It’s about time, right?!  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and New Year!  I am finally back and even if I’m not ready, I’m just going to do it anyway.  That is this post!  I am back to the cold weather and back to work!

I had to say goodbye to the beauty of Florida on New Years Day.  Not the easiest of decisions I’ve had to make.  My palm trees and warm sun are a thing of the past, but made up an experience I never want to forget.  From my family with me there and the amazing people I met through it all, my time in Florida is truly something I want to hold close.

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Even though I did not think it would be forever, I did think it would a bit longer.  Long enough to make a living, friendships, and travels to a few more places in the sunshine state.  I may not have gotten those exact things, but I did get something much greater.  I realized what I wanted to do for a living and made relationships with people that I know  will last for longer time than I would have imagined.  I realized how I want to feel.  And, as far as home?  Home is where the heart is and mine stayed in Jersey.  Although, now I can say an important part is now in Florida.

What helped make my decision?  One part was what was gained.  A new perspective and realizing the difference between what I want and what is best (it’s not always the same).  Another part was realizing what I lost.  That part of my soul that believed in what connected all of us, such as the power of smile.

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So, New Jersey became home once again, and probably for awhile.  Yet, nothing is forever.  When asked if I was here for good by a coworker, all I could really get out was “For now, yea.”

I never thought anyone should feel ashamed for something not working out.  Life is full of mistakes and full of lessons, but hey, we did it and if you’re reading this, you are still here!  Still able to make a ton more of great decisions, good and bad.  Whether anything from a relationship to a job, it happened for a reason, and most likely, you learned a hell of a lot from it.  That’s what I am saying to myself.  I learned, I accepted, and I am moving on.

So here’s to a new year, a new start, and a new part to a never ending adventure.

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P.S.  But until death do us part, family, friends and food… that’s forever shit ;)

Will be Back Soon!

Hello my beauties!

Just stopping by to say hello, and I am coming back soon!  Just taking a mini holiday.  A few changes and transitions are being made, so I haven’t been able to keep up as much on here.

You are welcome to look at life updates during a transitions finest from my Instagram or Snapchat – yesenia_etez.  Bunch of pep talks, pictures, and silly videos!

I will hopefully be back with new tips, a new look, and of course foodie and lifestyle pics galore!  Stay tuned!

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Happy New Years!!!

 

yesenia

Holiday Realizations

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Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day has always been my favorite time of the year.  Besides the cold weather, snow, and blue hands, I really enjoyed everything about it.  The Christmas decorations and lights throughout neighborhood streets and downtown.  Christmas movies and music from your house to the malls.  Not just gift exchanges, but cookies and delicious food.  I come from a strong Hispanic Culture.  Canciones de la Navidad, arroz con gondules, pastelses, y perníl, were just some of the stars.  Proud to say my favorite holiday to eat is always the night of Christmas Eve.

I haven’t done a list in a while, and if I don’t do a list for this post, it will most likely come out like a rant. I got these emotions and thoughts that need to come out! It’s a way for all of us to turn back around, start over if you will. Why wait till the New Year? Now is the best time!

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So here it is.  How can we get over the past year’s strifes.  How can we remember the things, more so people, that really matter?  I want to make the end of this year a little more beautiful.  And hopefully keep it going for a little while longer.

1. Spend time with others.  Seriously, I feel the best way to relieve yourself from holiday craziness and to-dos, is to actually spend time with the people.  Maybe it’s your family or maybe it’s some coworkers you have grown very fond of.  Make that extra effort.  You would be surprised at how relaxing and fun a movie night in could be.

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2. Eat with purposeful bliss.  Extra cookies and cocktails usually come around this time of year.  Because nothing says love like homemade cookies, and nothing says party like fancy dranks.  Enjoy it.  Going out to eat, make sure to order something delicious but practical.  I always like to keep it simple and go all out a few times a month.  You be surprised what a few simple meals can do for your mind, digestion, and waistline.  You want to feel good from the inside out

3. Get corny with it!  Dress up!  Bake those cliché cookies.  Blast holiday music everywhere you go.  Being corny makes me happy, sometimes because the other person can’t help but smile and laugh.  Have fun with spirited holiday.  Buy into it.  I’m not saying in a retail manner (but watch out for the sales), but in a heartfelt manner.  Put up decorations and a charlie brown Tree, even for your small family enjoy.

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4. Give your face a rest.  Smile more! I must say, even I have turned into a bit of grinch throughout this year.  So, first I’m trying to forgive myself and move on.  Give my customers the benefit of the doubt, breathe in indifferences with important people in my life, and in the end, smiling through it all.  I am constantly reminded, you never know what another person is going through.  So maybe that three second smile can gets somebody’s day going a little better.

This is simple and short.  I hope you read it and pinpoint where it affects your life the most.  How can you improve?  Little changes to make day’s worth while?  The goal is to keep this way of thinking all year long.  In the end, I think that’s what Christmas is for most people.  You may celebrate that Christian meaning, as do I.  Then, you can also celebrate the simple gifts and people that have came into your life all year long.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to my very special readers!

 

Thank you,

yesenia

Conscious Beauty: DIY Deodorant

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I was going to wait for this DIY, but I ran out of deodorant, so I thought it as a sign.  This is one of my tried and true recipes.  At least for myself and few others.  I try prett hard to limit harmful chemicals and most commercial products tend to have an abundance.  I’ll try not to get too hippie-dippie on you, but having chemicals so close to your heart chakra everyday, physically and soulfully, I don’t see that as very good.

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So here is one of my tried and true recipes.  I got it years ago and have even shared once before.  I guess you can call this a post revamped, but regardless, sharing it again can do no harm.

This deodorant recipe is easy with a few simple ingredients and little time needed.  The best part is, once you buy the ingredients, besides the coconut, they will last for a long time.  I go through coconut oil like bath soap, which is probably the best thing anyone can do for themselves with the amazing benefits!

Also, you can totally adjust this recipe.  If you need something a little bit stronger, up the baking soda.  Senstive?  Less baking soda and more coconut oil.  Like a thicker consistency?  A bit more arrowroot starch will solidify the product in the jar and keep it dry under your arms.  Everyone is different, so don’t be afraid to play your way!

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DIY Deodorant

  • 6 tbs unrefined coconut oil
  • 4 tbs baking soda
  • 4 tbs arrowroot starch
  • 10 drops of essential oil

Mix and refrigerate for an hour.  Lasts about 6 months!

 

Enjoy!